We are a group of Christians who care for the town and people of Aldershot and want everyone to know that Jesus loves them and would love to see the town transformed. To this end, we regularly go out to meet people on the streets of the town and talk to them, listen to their problems and concerns, offer advice if we can and, most importantly, to pray for their needs.
At night, we have a table at “Banks Corner” – the junction of Victoria Road and Gordon Road, outside The George and by NatWest Bank. The trained team provides a safe place for people to find a sympathetic ear and we also offer Mars Bars and water – as well as tea, coffee, flip-flops, “Spikeys” and (of course) lollipops.
The day time team patrols the town, ready to chat with, or help those they meet. There is also a specialist “table ministry” in the Wellington Centre on market days, offering prayer, a listening ear and encouraging words.
Members of the team are from the local churches, who have been trained as well as having had references taken up. All are DBS checked. Ages range from late teens to those in their 70s and 80s.
The team has an administrator and a project manager. They have monthly team meetings on a Friday evening for feedback, vision and prayer as well as regular training sessions from experts in their field.
Funding comes from generous donations from churches, the local authority, businesses and charities as well as from individuals.